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Karl: Professional performance

28 August 2012

MK Dons 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

Karl Robinson refused to get carried away after his side claimed the scalp of former-Premier League winners Blackburn Rovers but was pleased with his team’s performance.

The Dons booked their place in the draw for third round, for the third time in as many years, with a 2-1 victory thanks to a brace from Luke Chadwick and looked comfortable from start to finish.

But with the League the main focus Robinson will put this result to bed and look ahead to Saturday when the Dons return to the bread and butter against Carlisle United.

Speaking after the game Robinson said: “I was very pleased today, it was a very professional performance and we’ll move on from here with tremendous mental strength and belief in ourselves.

“I thought they started okay in the first five minutes and we made it difficult for ourselves but we went on to have the three best chances of the first half.

“We looked good, I’m not going to go over the top because it’s a cup game and we need to move on from here very quickly.”

The Dons welcomed back Stephen Gleeson to the starting XI after he completed his suspension and his boss praised both him and his partner Darren Potter on their performances.

“It was great being able to put Darren Potter and Stephen Gleeson next to each other on the team sheet, it made me a lot happier.”

Chadwick grabbed a double in the game, continuing his run of good goal scoring form in the League Cup and Robinson is hoping he’ll continue scoring in the coming months.

“He (Chadwick) needs to liven himself up in November and December as well.The fact he was in the right place at the right time for both of them just shows he’s a good footballer.”

The defence has been somewhat makeshift in previous games but the Dons were able to welcome back Shaun Williams who continued to impress alongside Gary MacKenzie in his unfavoured position.

And despite conceding a goal, Karl referred to his back four as ‘outstanding’ and admired the performances of his players in the last few games.

“It was nice to concede in some aspects because it was good to see how we responded having been so comfortable and did they have a chance after that? No, we were resolute, defended the goal and looked like a better team after they scored. The defence has been outstanding, it’s been make shift all season.”

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